New York 1924, Round 19: Dr. Lasker defends his lead

by Klaus Besenthal
5/23/2020 – After 19 of 22 rounds Emanuel Lasker, José Raúl Capablanca and Alexander Alekhine lead at the New York Tournament 1924. All three won in round 19: Emanuel Lasker won with Black against Edward Lasker, Capablanca refuted Tartakowers dubious King's Gambit and Alekhine defeated Dawid Janowsky. Lasker now leads with 13.0/17, followed by Capablanca with 12.0/17 and Alekhine with 11.0/18. | Photo: Capablanca (left) and Emanuel Lasker (Archive)

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New York 1924, Round 19: Four wins, one draw

Edward Lasker is certainly not a chess player who often blunders and against his distant relative, former World Champion Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Edward Lasker did not lose because he made one big mistake but because he made too many small ones.

 

The two Lasker's during analysis: Edward (left) and Emanuel

Capablanca played with Black against Dr. Savielly Tartakower and won a straightforward and smooth game. The whole game is a lesson how to refute an artificial opening.

 

World Champion José Raúl Capablanca

Alexander Alekhine played with Black against Dawid Janowsky and showed why passed pawns can be powerful. However, Janowsky's careless defense helped.

 

Alexander Alekhine

In the previous rounds Richard Reti played some remarkable games and for a long time he was among the top players but then lost steam. And in round 19 he suffered a terrible loss against Frederick Yates.

 

Richard Réti

Results of round 19

F. Yates 1-0 R. Réti
S. Tartakower 0-1 J.R. Capablanca
F. Marshall ½-½ G. Maroczy
Ed. Lasker 0-1 Em. Lasker
D. Janowsky 0-1 A. Alekhine

Standings after 19 rounds

Rk. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts.
1 Emanuel Lasker   ½0 11 ½  11 ½  ½1 ½1 11 13.0
2 Jose Raul Capablanca ½1   ½½ ½½ ½1 11 ½1 ½1 12.0
3 Alexander Alekhine ½½   10 ½  ½½ ½  11 ½½ 11 11.0
4 Richard Reti 00 01   ½0 01 ½½ 11 10 9.5
5 Frank James Marshall ½  ½½ ½  ½1   01 ½0 ½  11 9.5
6 Efim Bogoljubow 00 ½½ 10 10   01 11 ½1 8.5
7 Geza Maroczy ½0 ½½   ½½ ½1 10 8.0
8 Savielly Tartakower ½  00 ½  00 ½1 10 ½½   10 ½0 ½1 7.5
9 Frederick Dewhurst Yates ½0 00 01 ½  00 01   11 ½1 6.5
10 Edward Lasker ½0 ½0 ½½ ½0 ½0 ½1 00   5.0
11 Dawid Markelowicz Janowsky 00 ½0 00 00 01 ½0 ½0   4.5

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.